Matt Sorum Gets Criticized For His Drum Part on “November Rain”
One of Guns N’ Roses most memorable songs is “November Rain”, but drummer Matt Sorum gets criticized for using the same drum fill almost 25 times. Not only does he use the same fill over and over on the song, that same fill is scattered throughout Use Your Illusion 1 and 2. Today we take a look at how Sorum responded to the criticism. Check it out below!
Metal Injection Pens An Article About Guns N’ Roses Upcoming Album
The news site Metal Injection has penned an article discussing the upcoming Guns N’ Roses record. Check it out here.
New York Posts Highlights Richard Fortus Condo For Sale
Garbage newspaper the New York Post published an article highlighting Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus condo that’s up for sale. You can read the full article here along with photos. The article states the following:
If you’re not quite ready to go knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door, check out the Lower East Side home of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus.
Far from a jungle, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 417 Grand St., part of the Seward Park co-ops, is now on the market for $1.19 million. Fortus bought it for $350,000 in 2003. It is the first home he purchased.
Fortus now lives in St. Louis with his lawyer wife, Stephanie Howlett, and their two kids. He had previously listed the co-op as a $5,000-a-month rental.
The renovated third-floor digs come with a private terrace. There’s also a windowed kitchen with ample storage and counter space, a Wolf range and a Bosch dishwasher, according to the listing.
In a recent interview with RockSverige, former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe was asked if he still gets royalties from his contributions to the GUNS N’ ROSES songs “Ain’t it Fun” (off 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident”) and “Bad Obsession” (off 1991’s “Use Your Illusion”). He said: “I got a session payment for playing the saxophone and harmonica on ‘Bad Obsession’. The song ‘Ain’t It Fun’ came about when Axl [Rose, GUNS N’ ROSES singer] had told me that he had not heard THE DEAD BOYS. I made him a tape of THE DEAD BOYS‘ first two albums and then I gave him a tape when we were in Hollywood. We were listening to the tape in his car and when the song ‘Ain’t It Fun’ came on, he went, ‘Wow! Wait a minute. I recognize this song! We’ve got do this as a duet. We’re doing a compilation album of cover songs next.’ He called Slash and said, ‘Put the band together! We’re doing this song.’ We did it as a duet and I said, ‘Could it say on the record, ‘In memory of Stiv Bators (1949-1990)’?’ And he said, ‘Of course.’ That was the first single of the album and it was a magical take and Stiv was definitely there in spirit.
“But my point was that I never wanted any money,” he continued. “It was a terrible manager I had anyway, so I didn’t want to touch it. I didn’t want them guys to change their minds about the song, so all I asked for what to have on the record, ‘In memory of Stiv Bators,’ and to spell my name right. That was all I wanted. I had heard through the grapevine that some of the old band members had gotten greedy and claimed that they wrote some of the songs that they hadn’t really written.”
In a 2007 interview monroe was asked if he ever felt jealous of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ commercial success, considering that GN’R openly cited HANOI ROCKS as a huge influence in the Axl Rose-fronted band’s early days, Monroe said: “No, I never felt that. Not at all. I was always happy for their success and they definitely earned it themselves. I’m thankful for them recognizing the HANOI ROCKS influence and talking about it in the press.”
He continued: “A lot of bands weren’t really that talented and they sold a lot of records and really just deliberately tried to fake something out of it with the looks and not having much to back it up with. But GUNS N’ ROSES really had their own thing and they were secure enough in themselves to quote HANOI ROCKS as an influence. Also, they released a lot of the old [HANOI ROCKS] catalog in America with their Uzi Suicide label. So they were definitely paying homage to us and they were being very cool.
“I’ve never been envious of their success — quite the opposite; I’ve been very happy for them. I was part of it. I played on their records and I was happy to be part of it. It’s always fun working with those guys. Slash played the right kind of guitar because he grew up with HANOI and mine and Andy‘s [McCoy, HANOI ROCKS guitarist] playing. I actually did something with him for the movie ‘Coneheads’.”